How to Childproof Outlets

By Rogers Electrician,

Childproof outlets are important in a family home.

How to Childproof Outlets

Having little ones in the home is a cause for great joy. However, it also means that parents, grandparents and other caretakers need to ensure that their homes are safe for children. Electrical outlets, for example, can make for a serious danger. They can cause injury or even death. Therefore, taking the time to call an electrician to childproof outlets is of utmost importance.

Install Tamper Resistant Receptacles

One way to childproof outlets is to upgrade the electrical system to include tamper resistant receptacles. Sometimes, little ones will stick their fingers or foreign objects into the receptacles, which can lead to serious injury or death. These receptacles work only if a plug is evenly placed in them, thereby offering a level of protection against a child placing an object in one. Guardians should keep in mind that kids can circumvent the safety of these features. For example, they could stick a plug into the outlet. While having these receptacles offers a layer of protection, guardians must use this mode in tandem with other practices as opposed to only by themselves. A qualified electrician must perform the work of installing these new receptacles.

Purchase Plug Protectors

Childproof outlets with plug protectors.Guardians should also look into plug protectors. Usually, these protectors are pieces of plastic that go into the outlet. They are supposed to be difficult for children to pull out. If the outlet is filled with the protector, nothing else can be inserted, making it childproof. Working with an electrician is a smart way to find out what the highest quality of these protectors is. Some brands, for example, may offer little resistance and easily fall out with the gentle tug of a child. Others may not provide the highest level of durability. In other words, they might not defend against a child who tries to push them farther into the outlet.

Discover Plate Covers

Plug protectors might work well for outlets that you don’t use too often; however, if people are constantly having to remove and replace these devices, doing so could be a bit irritating. Therefore, they may wish to look into sliding plate covers instead. When homeowners ask an electrician to come to check out the electrical situation in the house, they can discuss the most practical solutions that will also keep their little ones safe. A combination of plate covers and plug protectors may make the most sense for childproof outlets.

Watch the Cords

Loose cords can be dangerous in your home. Look to Mister Sparky NWA for how to childproof outlets.

In general, extension cords are not supposed to be used for long-term solutions. Individuals who are currently using them in  such a manner should speak with electricians about safer solutions for their homes. Additionally, children may try to play with electric cords. They could poke holes in them leading to hazards. Also, they might get wrap the extension cords around their necks. Guardians also need to be aware of whatever cords are plugged into the outlets. When it comes to childproof outlets, it’s about more than just the singular outlet itself. Guardians may wish to put up gates to keep little ones away from the outlet andaccompanying cords entirely.

 

Trying to childproof a house is a task that might seem overwhelming. Therefore, individuals can discuss their decision to childproof outlets with qualified electricians. In these conversations, they can gain the necessary information to make the right choices for their families and their homes. They can learn about the newest standards and methods to protect their families.

Mister Sparky Electrician NWA, America’s On-Time Electrician in Bella Vista, Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale and Fayetteville services the Northwest Arkansas area with a team of licensed electricians. In addition to flickering lights, some of the electrician services provided by the company include electrical outlet/switch repair, ceiling fan installation, lighting installation, electrical wiring repair, landscape lighting installation and home electrical inspections.

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What To Do In Power Outage Emergencies

By Rogers Electrician,

Prepare yourself and your family for the next power outage!

What To Do In Power Outage Emergencies

While power outage emergencies are relatively frequent, they can seem particularly frightening when they do happen. Whether power is out for a brief moment or the electricity is down for much longer, getting used to living with the lights off is indeed a challenge. The best way to get through power outage emergencies is to prepare beforehand and be ready once the light goes out.

Living in the Dark

No matter how well prepared we are, at some point, we will all experience a power outage. Oftentimes, a storm may knock the power out for a few days or the electricity may go out for an hour or so. Whichever the case, we all need to make sure we have the right tools on hand for when this happens. Read on to learn how to get ready for power outage emergencies.

1. Stock up on Lights and Candles

Get prepared for this season's power outage emergencies!

An abundant supply of lighting is always a top necessity during a power outage. While this may not be a problem during the day, the absence of electricity will undoubtedly be felt when night falls. For this reason, it is best to stock up on candles, flashlights, lanterns, and solar powered lights. Even though using these types of lights may still be inconvenient, having these on hand during the darkest hours of a power outage are lifesavers.

2. Consider Getting a Generator

Home generators can be crucial in power outage emergencies.

A solar or gas-powered generator is excellent options to consider when the power goes out. More Specifically, in times of storms like hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes, these generators can run a whole household even in the absence of electrical power. People that are in storm-prone locations should consider purchasing a generator. Often, when the power goes out following a storm, it may be out for days or even weeks. These generators will keep the lights on as long as their power sources don’t run out.

3. Use a Gas or Solar Water Heater

No one wants to take a cold shower, but households that use electric heaters have no other option in the event of a power outage. This may not be a problem if the power is out for a few hours, but if the electricity isn’t scheduled to return for a few weeks, gas or solar water heater starts to look like a pretty good option.

4. Buy a Gas Grill or Stove

Another downside to a power outage is that you have no way to heat up food. With a gas grill or gas stove, hot food will always be readily available, regardless of whether the power is out or not.

5. Stock up on Bottled Water

Stay hydrated in power outage emergencies!In times of a power outages, water may not seem like a top priority, but when considering an outage in the context of a storm, it becomes one of the most important necessities. Always keep bottled water handy as part of an emergency stockpile, regardless of whether we live in a storm-prone area or not.

When the Power Goes Out

It is essential to stay calm when the power goes out. If there isn’t a storm advisory in the area, it is likely that a fuse has blown or the circuit breaker was tripped. It isn’t uncommon for just one house in the neighborhood to lose power. If this is the case, don’t hesitate to call an emergency electrician. If an entire block is out of power, then it is likely that the neighborhood is also experiencing a power outage.

Power outage emergencies should be reported to the utility company, so they are made aware of it. With one call to the local utility company, homeowners and residents can ensure that their power will return at some point in the near future. Once that is done, it is critical to turn off and unplug electrical appliances to prevent power surges from damaging them. Do leave one or two lights on, so it is apparent when the power returns.

Preparation is the only thing that will help make life during power outage emergencies more bearable. We must be sure to stock up on supplies and prepare ourselves and homes for an emergency situation. Following these tips and strategies will ensure that residents are ready in the event of an emergency. While power outage emergencies are undoubtedly inconvenient, they aren’t bad when you are well equipped with the appropriate resources.

Mister Sparky Electrician NWA, America’s On-Time Electrician in Bella Vista, Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale and Fayetteville services the Northwest Arkansas area with a team of licensed electricians. In addition to flickering lights, some of the electrician services provided by the company include electrical outlet/switch repair, ceiling fan installation, lighting installation, electrical wiring repair, landscape lighting installation and home electrical inspections.

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Troubleshooting Dead Electrical Outlets

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Mister Sparky NWA electricians offer tips to troubleshoot your dead electrical outlets.

Troubleshooting Dead Electrical Outlets

Do you have one or more of those electrical outlets that operates inconsistently or not at all? Rather than avoid a faulty or dead electrical outlets, it is better to make sure it is operating properly to avoid the risk of fire hazard, not to mention the inconvenience of having to work around dead electrical outlets. There are a few steps you can take to check an outlet’s functionality and easily restore it to use, or determine if its time to call an electrician.

Steps to Take When Troubleshooting Dead Electrical Outlets

It is not uncommon for homeowners to assume dead electrical outlets can only be fixed by replacement, though typically that is not the case. Here are some simple steps you can take that will help you decide if a professional electrician needs to be involved in the repair process.

What You Need to Get Started

Troubleshoot dead electrical outlets with Mister Sparky!Getting started, use a small household appliance like a lamp, left in the ON position.

This first test is simple: Plug in the working lamp to the outlet in question. If the lamp illuminates there may have been an issue with other appliances that have been plugged into the outlet. If the lamp remains dark, you’ve confirmed that there is some kind of issue with the outlet in question.

Check the Outlet Connection to a Wall Switch

Usually, there is at least one outlet in every room that has a dedicated flip-switch on the wall for convenience. Sometimes, there may be more. This is a scenario that most often causes embarrassment after having called an electrician to the house. With the lamp plugged in, try flipping the wall switches in the room.

This testing is also an opportunity to determine which switches control which outlets. If the outlets and switches are not set up the way you want them to be, an electrician can safely and easily reconfigure them.

Check GFCI Outlets

Check your GFCI buttons before calling an electrician to inspect your dead electrical outlets.If your outlet is still in question, now is the time to check for a tripped GFCI breaker. What exactly is a GFCI breaker? GFCI stands for ‘ground fault circuit interrupter.’ GFCI outlets are designed with a built-in breaker to prevent electrocution in the event of power surge or unsafe outlet use.

You may be familiar with the two buttons located in the middle of the GFCI breaker. They are different colors and are labelled RESET and TEST. It is easy to check if GFCI outlets have tripped because the button labelled RESET will protrude over the TEST button. You simply need to press the RESET button back down to match the level of the TEST button.

If you’re still encountering issues, its important to remember that any dead electrical outlets in question may be controlled by a GFCI outlet somewhere else in your home. This makes it important to check all of them to be sure. For example, you may have an exterior outlet that is governed by an indoor GFCI breaker.

If all GFCI breakers have been checked and the outlet is still unresponsive, there’s one last simple check you can conduct to determine if an electrician is needed.

The Circuit Breaker Panel

If you have access to your breaker panel, this is the last place to safely and easily check for electrical issues before calling an electrician. In the panel you’re checking to see if any switches have been tripped, which would eliminate power to a certain portion of your home, including the dead electrical outlets.

When you open the panel, you can determine if a switch has been tripped because it will be in neither the ON or OFF positions, but instead be sitting in between them. To reset a circuit breaker, pull it fully over to the OFF position and then flip it back over to the ON position. If it will not set properly, you may have blown a fuse. If you are unsure about dealing with your electrical panel, have a qualified electrician look at it.

Mister Sparky Electrician NWA provides information on dead electrical outlets in Northwest Arkansas.

If after all these checks you still have not solved the problem of your dead electrical outlets, its time to consult with a licensed professional electrician! Mister Sparky electricians undergo continuous training and are required to stay up to date on current electrical codes and safety regulations. When in doubt, have the professionals come out! Call and schedule your appointment with your NWA electrician today, (479) 202-4757! Or visit our website to schedule your appointment here!

Mister Sparky Electrician NWA, America’s On-Time Electrician in Bella Vista, Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale and Fayetteville services the Northwest Arkansas area with a team of licensed electricians. In addition to flickering lights, some of the electrician services provided by the company include electrical outlet/switch repair, ceiling fan installation, lighting installation, electrical wiring repair, landscape lighting installation and home electrical inspections.

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